Australia

Australia accuses China of election meddling

A senior minister has questioned the timing of Beijing’s security pact with the Solomon Islands Australia’s home affairs minister has accused China of attempting to interfere in an election set for next month, saying a recent security deal with a nearby Pacific nation suggested nefarious motives. In comments to a …

Read More »

Australian PM calls May 21 general election

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative coalition trails Labor in opinion polls after nine years in power. Australia will hold a general election on May 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, triggering a campaign expected to be fought over cost-of-living pressures, climate change, and questions of trust and competence of the …

Read More »

Protests against COVID-19 measures grow in New Zealand as cases skyrocket

Protests against New Zealand government’s COVID-19 regulations in capital Wellington have entered a second week amid growing frustration among local residents. Inspired by Canada’s so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ anti-vaccine protests, protesters in Wellington parked cars, vans, and buses in a bid to occupy parliament grounds, despite warnings of heavy rain due to Cyclone Dovi, causing …

Read More »

Australia’s delta COVID-19 outbreak levelling off

Australia’s delta outbreak appears to have levelled off, with more than half the country in extended lockdowns and vaccination rates starting to approach national targets, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday. Hunt said 80 percent of Australians will have had their first COVID-19 jabs this week, while the overall …

Read More »